Mississippi teen pregnancy rate highest in U.S.: CDC

ATLANTA Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:35am EDT

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Mississippi has the highest teen birthrate in the nation while New Hampshire has the lowest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, following up on a report that found the incidence of pregnancy among U.S. teens was falling.

Mississippi reported 55 births per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19 in 2010, more than 60 percent above the U.S. average, according to state data released on Tuesday. New Hampshire's rate was less half the national average at 15.7 births for the same age group.

Teen birth rates were higher in the South and Southwest and lower in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, the CDC said, noting that Hispanics and blacks had the highest teen birth rates.

Last fall the CDC reported that the U.S. teen birth rate dropped 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, reaching a historic low of 34.3 births per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19. It attributed the drop to several factors, including strong pregnancy-prevention messages aimed at teens and increased use of contraception.

From 2007 to 2010, the rates fell at least 8 percent in 47 states and the District of Columbia. In 16 states, declines ranged from 20 percent to 29 percent. Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia were the only states showing little decline.

"In spite of these declines, the U.S. teen birth rate remains one of the highest among other industrialized countries," the CDC said.

(Reporting By David Beasley; Editing by Paul Simao)

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BenFranklin wrote:
The only chastity ring that works to prevent pregnancy is the IUD. Southern is just American slang for stupid.

Apr 09, 2012 12:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
paul33 wrote:
FROM THE ARTICLE– “Teen birth rates were higher in the South and Southwest and lower in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, the CDC said, noting that Hispanics and blacks had the highest teen birth rates.”

Mississippi is largely black at 37% black (more than any other state), and New Hampshire is almost entirely white, with 1% blacks.

What is the racial break down of the numbers? Reporting would be so much more realistic and meaningful and useful, if you anticipated a these common sense questions, and wrote the articles including the answers.

It would also of course keep the ignorant from going off about “Southerners” (by which they mean white southerners), the “bible belt”, etc. I think that explains why these articles are reported as they are.

Apr 10, 2012 1:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheFreeman wrote:
Yikes. If any of you read the original article that listed the teen pregnancy rates in all 50 states it basically seperates red states and blue states. I don’t want to get into a religious debate here, but when the Christian faith tells you that everything that feels good is bad other than what they tell you is supposed to feel good, then teenage kids are gonna do the only thing they’re physically able to: hump like monkeys. Ofcourse a lot of red states are ok with teen marriage so maybe all these teen chicks are married. In the end, how is this news? We already knew this and guess what; Mississippi is totally fine with it. They’re state flag is a picture of a pregnant teen girl chewing tobacco and waiving a smaller confederate flag while giving the middle finger. I believe there’s a sign above the state capital building that reads; “Keep up the good work girls! We’ll need all the children we can get in order to survive the coming apocolypse!”

Apr 10, 2012 3:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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